A series of social media posts have been cited as proof that the Russian army has been operating inside Ukraine.

An article on BuzzFeed reports that Alexander Sotkin, a Russian army 'communications specialist', posed in photos that "show him operating military equipment inside Ukraine, including manning a missile launcher system of the type used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17".

However, this is not necessarily 100 per cent accurate. Sotkin has indeed posted photos to his Instagram account near the Russia/Ukraine border but the only proof that he was inside the rebel-held territory of eastern Ukraine is Instagram's geotagging feature.

Two posts from Sotkin's Instagram account appear to have been taken inside Ukraine
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